In the densely populated world of social media, it can become difficult for businesses to identify who best to engage with in order to achieve what they need to on the web; it’s hard to tell the real experts and the influential from those who simply aren’t. Little Bird is a platform that exists to tackle this issue. The service provides tools that allow users to quickly identify and engage with the right experts in their relevant fields, and in so doing, take the necessary steps towards building that respected expert status themselves. Little Bird also provides the Little Bird API that allows developers to use this service and integrate it with other applications.
This past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 15 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Apicultur Word Lemmatizer, Blekko, HAMweather Aeris, Handset Detection and Tesco. The most often used APIs this week are Reddit and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (5 APIs, 6 mashups), Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and News (1 APIs, 1 mashups).
Among the three largest social networking sites the most arcane to deal with from a developer perspective is LinkedIn. Now PeopleLinx is trying to prove there is a viable developer opportunity surrounding Linkedin APIs. The company, which just picked up an additional $3.2 million in financing, has developed an analytics application for LinkedIn that allows organizations to more easily ascertain what people are connected to what potential key accounts.
Quick: Name that professional network with more than 50 million members. Did you guess… Viadeo? LinkedIn is larger, with over 175 million members. But Viadeo has upped it is game with its acquisition of Pealk, which bills itself as the #1 head hunting App on the web. According to the press release, that search ability is what Viadeo is after.
I was lucky enough to attend the API Strategy and Practice Conference this week in NYC and was struck by the wide diversity of attendees. Sure, I expected to see the young guns heading up the industry’s hot new companies, but US Postal Service? Walgreens? AT&T? Target? An even bigger surprise was how relevant and interesting all of the discussions were. But it was obvious there is still the same old gap between the enterprise and the start-up that we have come to expect. For as long as I’ve been in the industry, the difference has always been around governance and process vs rapid innovation.
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This week we had 60 new APIs added to our API directory including a programming article search, a retrieval, and rating service, an international shipping service, a business operating information service, a home buying service, a consultation and engagement service, a social messaging service and a biodiversity event information retrieval service.
This past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 13 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Cleartrip, IMSAS, OpenSkyQuery SkyPortal, SDSS ImgCutout and Wookmark. The most often used APIs this week are IMSAS, The Movie DB and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Science (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Database (1 APIs, 1 mashups).
YouTube has integrated with Gengo and Translated.net to allow seamless caption translation. The LinkedIn API has moved to OAuth 2.0. Plus: StackMob launches enterprise API marketplace, Rackspace open sources PHP SDK for OpenCloud, and 8 new APIs.